BY LIZ MENDEZ
If you’ve driven by the corner of High Street and 5th Ave recently, you’ve probably seen the construction. Out of the Closet Thrift Store opened its doors in the Short North Arts District on Saturday, October 19th. While there still remains some minor work to be done, this is the first location in the Midwest, with twenty-two other locations in Florida and California.
Located within the thrift store, visitors will find the AHF Pharmacy and HIV testing site and the AHF Healthcare Center. Together they will function as Columbus’ advocate for HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and outreach, with money earned from the store circling back directly into the healthcare services offered.
Out of the Closet is already making contributions to its new hometown. This year they have signed on as a co-sponsor of the Short North Arts District’s, HighBall Halloween and will have a pop-up store there providing a variety of costume selections. As part of the HighBall style celebration of Dia de los Muertos, local artists will be painting catrina faces on models dressed as famous pop icons like Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe. Out of the Closet will provide the costumes for these stars. Joey Terrill, Columbus Project Director, who has been helping coordinate the construction and grand opening of Out of the Closet, said, “We are very invested in contributing to the continued growth and diversity in the Short North.”